Wrath of the Witch

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Booksie Classic
Asterin Blackbeak, the last survivor of the Blackbeak clan, has a hard time, expressing hatred to the Valg demons that destroyed her family and friends. From now on, in the modern Tokyo, she is on a desirable mission to find a Valg that has been hosting the human body. Until then, she accidently meets the handsome high school model, Kise Ryouta, who is profoundly allured by her charms and beauty. Though Asterin has no time making friends with him, she must realize that he might be the one who could understand her black heart. Can she finally find out how to work on building warm relationship with him to beat the black demon?

Submitted: February 20, 2016

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“Asterin.” A yell. “Asterin, wake up! We have a problem!” Her eyes opened widely. Her breaths shuddered coldly in her lungs. The sunlight shimmered on her pale arms. She stared at the blank ceiling with her deadpanned eyes. She had been sleeping for more than three hours. Tired of thinking about her regretful, painful past from ancient times. She knew it wasn’t good enough to appease her pleasant dream. It went with bad luck, Asterin assumed. She sighed slowly. Now then, a woman with a long, wavy scarlet hair shoved her shoulder, making her worried blue eyes. Edith Dupain rolled her eyes. “Something’s wrong. I think the Valg demon is on the move.” Frowning, Asterin bit her lips. “For real?” Edith nodded, signaling her head to come and check. Asterin followed her as she walked downstairs to the living room and took a glance at the laptop on the table. A pinpoint blinked repeatedly in the middle of the map of Tokyo. She clenched her fists as if she felt like she wanted to crush them to death. “When did that happen?” Edith hugged her arms. “30 minutes ago. Located in Starbucks café.” She tapped the screen as the tag blinked with the location: STARBUCKS CAFÉ, SHIBUYA, TOKYO, JAPAN. “Maeve’s minion? Still on the move? Wonder if the Valg’s fond of drinking coffee.” Edith chuckled. “Yeah, I can’t even imagined it the taste will affect its behavior.” Asterin smirked. “Well then, I guess my hunting skills haven’t gone so old-fashioned. I couldn’t wait to taste my hobby to kill the Valgs that happened to wipe out every member of mine from Blackbeak clan.” Grimacing, Edith darkened her expression. “This isn’t the playground. And humans are not to be hurt.” “I know. I’m sorry, but I can’t stand out of them.” Edith raised her eyebrow, having disappointment in her eyes. “You’d better need to find a little more enjoyment in the human society, Asterin.” The witch scowled. “I’m not fine with that. I’ll be fine with myself.” “I understand how much burden you’ve got in your heart, Asterin. Your sister figures, including your cousin, Manon.” Manon. The Wing Leader of her clan. Hearing her chief’s name, Asterin pursed her lips as she rubbed her hands, trying to soothe her skin’s temperature from the haunted vision. It was true. The Valg demons were truly responsible for destroying her beloved family. She had heard that those with the black accessories were being controlled by them, just to destroy anything without mercy. She also knew that Maeve, the Fae Queen, was allied with them to make sure her existence along with her clan would no longer function to join forces with Terresen. Maeve was afraid that her top enemy, Elide Lochan, the honorable Princess of Terresen and the Lady of Perranth, would perish her out of the universe. Though her blood was not born royally. Sure, Asterin had met her since Manon held her prisoner. She thought Elide was nothing and pathetic, but a young, teenage witchling with half of her lineage, Ironteeth, and Fae. But, things got different and a bit unusual. Elide proved herself to be strong and brave, and got freed after the bombing on Morath. Aelin, the Queen of Terresen and Elide’s good friend, brought many supports of her people to help strengthening the Blackbeak’s Ironteeth witches. She remembered the heavy time when the war against the Fae Queen’s army brought an enormous tragedy of her clan and the death of the brave Princess Elide, who successfully, sank Maeve back to where she came from. Manon died in the hands of the Valg prince, protecting her cousin. Her pet wyvern died. All these memories brought too many stocks of anguish and anger to her as if she felt her heart got pierced with a sharp, acidic knife. Asterin never forgot who she wanted to respect. Manon and Elide, her two favorite heroines. “Are you alright? You look confused.” The Ironteeth witch blinked. “What? Oh, I’m okay. It’s nothing.” Edith patted her shoulder as she walked towards the kitchen. “I’ll get you a cup of warm coffee.” Clutching her cross necklace, she remembered the day when Edith, the demon huntress and the Catholic exorcist saved her after the Valg demon had captured her for experimentation on her blood in the warehouse from Osaka. That was how she became partners with her after she greatly thanked her. The Valgs were everywhere, probably around the world. Black demon bastards, she named. Or maybe the hell monsters against Christian God and her three-faced deity. Her fury burned in her heart painfully as if she was in the verge of becoming a hateful monster. Pretty annoying the hell out of her peace. When Edith came, she handed her a warm cup of coffee as Asterin held it, feeling the warmth surge into her blood veins. She closed her eyes and drank, trying to think of any happy memory she had. However, it was futile. Nothing but even worse about her strict traditions of being the Ironteeth witch and being undoubtedly punished for a small betrayal. She rubbed her neck, stretching and flexing her legs to make sure she wouldn’t damage what it meant to be the strongest witch and the defender for humanity. Edith believed in her for being heartful, but Asterin wasn’t sure if it was true. The witch hoped so. She landed her cup down and turned to face at her partner. “I’m ready and I’m going to go after that and kill it.” Edith looked disapproving and concerned. “You sure? Don’t you need my help?” Shaking her head, she shrugged. “I’m fine. It doesn’t matter if I get injured. I’ve done this hundreds times during the war against the evil Fae Queen. Besides, I’m three hundred years older than you are.” “Yes, but-“ “I promise I won’t do anything stupid. May the Lord bless me strength and courage.” The huntress laughed. “Well, you are indeed the Ironteeth witch, whose beauty and strength has nothing to compare with the other normal witches or mortals. But don’t even think about like that, okay? Because it’s way too immature.” Asterin held up her hands. “I mean no offense to you.” “It’s alright. I get it already.” Before then, the beautiful witch walked into the living room. She grabbed a silver gun and a pair of sharp shiny daggers, and strapped them inside her combat boots. She braided her long, golden hair which flowed like the wind of colors. No wonder how elegantly beautiful she was as the Ironteeth witches bred from the bloodline of the Fae and the Valg. She flared her nostril with disgust in her eyes about being the Valg’s descendant. She felt her iron nails descend into the long lines, which made Edith gasp a bit. They retracted back. “I think I’m going to have so much fun to take down whatever the Valg is after.” Edith nodded grimly. “Alright, but be careful. If you’re in danger, you know what to do.” Asterin flashed an impish grin. “Of course. Where’s Lysandra?” Edith sighed. “Probably too busy going fashion shopping.” “Huh, I can see that.” She squared her shoulders as she walked towards the front door. “Anyway, I’ll be back after I’m done killing.” JJJJJ Asterin rested. She kept waiting to sense which human being here in Starbucks café was controlled by the Valg demon. Her iced cappuccino drink wouldn’t do much good enough to excite her stomach. She sighed, crossing her leg and tapping her finger on the table. She could listen and understand what the Japanese people were conversing about, whether it was normal, loud, kind, or boisterous. Of course, her Japanese was very fluent, indeed. She had learned it all by herself. She could even smell their aromas. She could even feel what they were experiencing. She noticed some of them, who were staring at her with either awe or curiosity. Swiveling her beverage plastic cup, she rolled her eyes and groaned. She hated to be stared at. Because it made her think that they would want to try out dating her in some particular unusual ways. She found it amusing. Mortals. But she remembered the day she met a mortal man. Falling in love and bearing a child with him. Asterin shook her head slowly. She didn’t want to think about that painful past. It would bring too much harm to her status as the Ironteeth witch. She had to do the better good in order to wipe out the Valg demons and other monsters for the society, especially for the human beings. She scanned everywhere in this area, but no good to know that she couldn’t perceive anyone with the weird symptoms of the Valg. Okay, where can the Valg host be? Are you sure this is the right place to look at? This is a waste of time. “Hey, pretty lady, are ya lost?” Asterin gasped as she looked up who was talking to. A tall, teenage boy who was no older than 20, was leaning towards her. He wore his casual shirt and pants. His dark hair was formed into cornrows with braids hanging there. His eyes were really dark in a way she felt much more strangely familiar to. What disturbed her most was his unnatural, demonic smile that was more of leering into her. It was much more like the Valg’s nasty grin, but she couldn’t find any signs of the black symptoms on him. It didn’t seem right in the first place. “Can you speak Japanese, girl?” She glared. “What do you want?” He smiled more. “Wow, you can speak my own language! Perfect. I just wanna talk to you. You have a phone number that I can use? Maybe we can have some fun!” “My words to you: please stay away and don’t make me hurt you.” The boy whistled. “Oooh, you don’t sound friendly, aren’t you?” Before Asterin could speak, he suddenly raised his hand and grabbed her arm by intense force. Growling, she tried to force herself to sit and stomped on his black trainer shoe. He stepped back, but hissed at her angrily. “Is that all?” Some of the customers stared at them with shock and horror. Asterin didn’t want to talk to strangers. She had an important mission to find and destroy the Valg somewhere here before anyone would get hurt. She also didn’t want to injure that boy either if it meant not using her iron nails and sharp teeth. Because he looked normal, though he was violent in nature like a chaotic beast. And yet, he wasn’t even controlled by the black demon either. He charged at her, grabbing her neck to choke. Her lungs vibrated irregularly as she tried the best to stop him by not hurting him. She could feel her iron nails that slowly retracted to his hands. “Just let me go, kid,” she snarled. “I warn you.” He clicked his tongue. “Oh no, I won’t. Not until you apologize for your actions.” “Hey, Haizaki! Let her go, you bastard!” The cornrows boy quickly turned back as someone grabbed his shoulder. Another tall male teenager, whose medium long hair was the mixture of gold and blonde like the rising sun. His bright yellow eyes were the symbol of the flowing sunflower, though she found his eyelashes too feminine. His left ear was pierced with silver earring. Asterin had never knew how handsome and optimistic in his face. He seemed to be wearing his school uniform consisting of the black necktie, white blouse, and the grey jacket and pants. Haizaki let her go and gritted his teeth with his irritating face. “What the hell do you want, Ryouta?” A grin casually smoothened his face. “Well, it’s not polite to hit a lady like that.” Asterin rubbed her neck as she grabbed a chair. Some people gulped as if they were about to see a showdown between these male teens. Haizaki snorted. “Yeah? The hell I can. Anyway, I’m glad to see you here, Ryouta.” He licked his thumb in one slip and grinned cruelly. “I’m sure I’m gonna win this time in that damn Winter Cup competition.” Ryouta gritted his teeth and ignored as he walked towards Asterin and lent out his hand. “Are you alright?” She nodded and scowled. “I’m fine.” “Hah! You really think you can win her heart by that?” Haizaki said. “Keep your mouth shut, you fool,” Asterin glared. “You’re way out of your mind and you’re definitely crazy as well. A blockhead you are without being gentle.” Clenching his fists, Haizaki felt his body burn in fury and murder. “Who are you calling crazy, girl?” “You stay out of the way,” Ryouta said as he led Asterin walk out of the overcrowded Starbucks. The witch gulped and did her best to balance herself to stand up straight. “Thank you for that. I appreciate your…bravery.” Ryouta shrugged and smiled brightly. “Nah, it’s nothing, miss.” She frowned. “Is he your rival?” “We had a history of hating in terms of basketball, miss.” Asterin looked impressed, making a small O in her lips. “Nice. Interesting sports, indeed. Anyway, I’d better go.” Before she left, her hand was grabbed as she spun around, gazing at the tall, young man. Ryouta smiled cheerfully, which made her feel uncomfortable, but awed by his amazing charms. “I didn’t catch your name yet. I’m afraid I haven’t introduced myself properly. My name is Kise Ryouta.” Asterin felt her bile being stuck in her throat as she slowly pried his hand off hers. She didn’t want to tell him her real witch name because it may sound too conspicuous around in this city. The Valgs might recognize who she was. Her panic mode started unintentionally in her heart, but it didn’t glower on her face. She turned around and sighed. “I’m sorry but I have other important things to do.” Kise blinked his eyes, looking confused. “What?” “Umm, well, that’s none of your business. I have to go, right now, and it’s nice to meet you, Kise. Sorry.” “Where can I find you? You look like an interesting person to me. If you have other things to do, then maybe you can watch me play against my rival there in the Winter Cup stadium.” Asterin turned to face at him, being unable to know what to do. “Only if you have time.” “Ummm, I’m not sure about that.” Kise maintained his usual smile behind his pleading attitude. “Just want to know.” Asterin felt her heart get squeezed into irritation and disinterest. No matter that she still didn’t want to get involved into spending some time with the mortals. Biting her lips, she felt her blood pump in passion as if she was full of murderous desire of wiping out the Valgs. Such a shame that she failed to find one in Starbucks. Hesitating, she sighed and nodded reluctantly. “Alright, I’ll do my best to try to go there.” He sparked in delight. “Great, so maybe I will see you there tonight.” JJJJJ Kise Ryouta gave her the heart-warming nature, drumming in her blood. Asterin couldn’t understand why she was feeling like she was in the kingdom of heaven. Her heartbeats were very strong in melodic rhythms. Irritating, she clenched her jaw as she kept walking past the Japanese people. Still, her heart went too far being immature. It was too painful to remember the day she met someone she first fell in love. The noise around the city couldn’t keep her calm. She never wanted to mean to fall in love. Ironteeth witches were forbidden to marry the mortals as they believed them to be vile and worthless in their strengths. But Asterin once did. Even though, she received one small punishment for the breach of witch code. She didn’t care about it. She hated it. She wanted something in her heart for liberty. She continued pacing and stopped as her heart regulated normally. Relieving, she exhaled. “Whoa, that was too close,” she whispered, buckling her legs down gently. Some stared at her down. Some didn’t help her stand up, but Asterin didn’t expect them to do so. She just needed time to rethink about how she was supposed to not get distracted by anything unusual or maybe nice as well. Damn right, that she had a mission to find this Valg bastard somewhere in this metropolitan city. However, it was impossible to find which one possessed the dark magic or presence. She forced her legs up. Somehow, this young teenager, Kise, must have had some powerful auras of cheering her up with the best he could. Asterin chuckled, thinking that it was partly ridiculous. Her stomach grumbled in the depressing mood. Drinking the iced cappuccino was not entirely enough to her stomach. Then, the grumble happened again. She rolled her eyes and smirked. “Alright, alright. Time to fuel up.” She found a pretty, big restaurant with the red curtains. A lot of people were crowded noisily, chatting and making jokes to think of. A waitress welcomed Asterin with a low bow and a smile. “Welcome. Let me find you a place.” The witch sat, ordering her personal favorite, Bukkake Udon. After the quick delivery, she wolfed it down into desire and hunger. The crunchy parts gave her the warm smell through her nostrils. She had never felt anything alive here. “Ah, you again, miss.” Asterin almost choked to consuming the wheat noodles. She raised her head up. Kise was leaning towards her as if he was examining her appearance. She groaned, but hid her amusement in herself. His smile remained untouched by any negative aspects. But he was not alone. Along with him were two of his companions. One teenage boy and girl. The boy’s hair was the color of sapphire as his eyes were of sky. His skin consisted of warm chocolate. He seemed to be wearing his school uniform as well, different from Kise’s. Even the girl with her pink hair wore hers in skirts. Her pink eyes looked bright as if she had a great time, having sweets and crackers. “Oh, hello, Kise. What a pleasant surprise.” Asterin swallowed her noodles. Kise chuckled. “Having lunch, are you?” She nodded. “Can we sit with you if you may? There are a lot of people here and we can’t find our space to sit for.” “Sure.” They sat down. Kise’s friends kept staring at her with interest and surprise in their eyes. They were like they had never met a foreigner before. No wonder why. Asterin blinked her eyes, lowering her head down to proceed her meal. It was awkward if they did that. “So this is the lady you were talking about, Kise?” The blue-haired boy asked, checking the menu. After ordering his food, he, then, smirked at her. “She looks really beautiful,” The pink-haired girl smiled, staring at the Ironteeth witch. “Way too pretty, I would say. And I didn’t know that she could speak Japanese, too.” “Arigato.” Asterin winced at the most tempting word ‘beautiful.’ She felt too proud to admit the compliment. Of course, the Ironteeth witches were always the top perfection. Better than the Crochans, the top ugliest ones. “And who are your friends here?” What a coincidence this was. Kise looked out at them. “Oh, sorry about that. Miss, this is Aomine Daiki. And that’s Momoi Satsuki. They go to the same school together, except I go to the different one.” “A pleasure,” Aomine nodded. “Mine too,” Momoi cheered. Asterin gave them a respectful nod. “But I didn’t catch your name, lady,” Kise said. “Please tell me yours.” The witch gulped. She wasn’t sure if it was good enough to disclose her real name in the middle of the public, letting the Valg demon sense her magic presence. But all she saw were customers, who were too busy eating up and continuing their chit-chats heartfully as friends, families, or others. By then, she gave up her strictness to refuse giving. “Asterin. Asterin…Blackbeak.” Aomine whistled. “Sounds like a strange name. But very unique.” Momoi’s eyes sparkled. “It sounds perfect to my ears.” Her mind gasped. Not knowing that those mortals loved the sound of her real name, Asterin smiled with purpose. “Thank you.” “Well, Asterin, what do you do in your everyday lives?” Kise asked, grabbing the wooden chopsticks. A waiter delivered him a bowl of Tempura Udon. Aomine carefully grabbed another bowl of Tenzaru Soba while Momoi took a bento set. “I just-“ “You know, Kise works as a model for fashion, even though he’s a high school student,” Aomine interrupted. “You should know how pretty he looks.” Asterin raised her eyebrow with an interest. “Really? How nice.” Momoi tittered. “Oh, and you know what? Kise told me everything that you are really gorgeous when he first saved you from Haizaki’s bullying.” “Oi, please stop bringing it up,” Kise scowled, feeling his face rise in red and dawn. Instead of being mad, Asterin shrugged. “Oh, okay.” The witch felt composure and blessing in the middle of her convenience, though her weapons being strapped inside felt heavy and cold to her delicate skin. Those people may not be aware of her true species. She thought it’d be best to not to reveal what she really was. It might freak them out as if they would see her as a monster. “So you guys play basketball?” Momoi turned to face at her and grinned. “My, Asterin! Is that one of your hobbies I assume?” “Ehh, no. Sorry.” “Me and Kise were once team mates along with our other best friends during the middle school,” Aomine said, drinking a glass of water. “But then, we got separated as went to different high schools.” “Yeah, I wish I was in Kuroko’s high school so that I could get close with him together,” Momoi sniffed. Asterin blinked. “Kuroko?” “One of our best friends. He may be gloomy and apathetic, but he’s still friendly in his heart.” Kise happily approved, finishing his lunch. “Anyway, Asterin, do you want to do something fun?” “Like what?” “Arcades, shopping, and oh! Karoke’s my favorite hobby!” She shook her head. “I’ve never done this before.” Kise raised his eyes. “You haven’t?” A welcoming grin. “Then that’s great. I can take you anywhere if you want.” “But you’re got the basketball championship to win for the Winter Cup tonight, Kise,” said Aomine snorting. “After I lost to Seirin High.” Kise frowned. “I know, but I still have time, you know, right Asterin?” She nodded, but her smile disappeared. “I wish I could, but I can’t.” She heaved a huge breath and let it out smoothly. “Like I told you before, I’ve got some important stuff to do which I can’t even tell you what I do.” “Oh, I see,” Momoi said. Kise pled, caressing Asterin’s hands. “Please…the way you look seems like you want to have so much freedom to feel what it’s like to have joy and care. Just forget about the ‘important stuff.’ You can deal with that later on.” Asterin bit her lips. “But I-“ “It’s alright. You know, I’ve done this hundreds time. I may not be a studious high school student, but in my heart, I do whatever I want to do the better good.” Her heart gasped in fast heartbeats. Electric shocks sizzled harshly in her blood veins. His yellow eyes were full of sunshine and honesty. She looked away, trying to hide a slowly rising pink color in her cheeks. This blonde boy mostly reminded her of someone she once mated with. She was much older than him for her youthful immortality. She felt speechless. And she didn’t know if Edith would approve her acceptance into letting him spend some time with her. But she would try. After all, Asterin managed a sweet smile at him. “Okay, I think that sounds fine to me.” “Awesome,” Kise said, taking a bite of his Udon. “Well done, Kise,” Aomine smiled, patting his back. “Huh, I wish we could have some fun, going shopping together,” Momoi sighed. “But me and Aomine have some other things to prepare for Kuroko.” “Next time, Momoi. I promise.” Asterin wondered whether they were boyfriend and girlfriend or not. To her, they looked like they were true best friends. She shrugged as she continued eating her lunch. She promised Kise for fun, and after that, her duty would finally be revived into kicking the Valg’s ass. JJJJJ “Well then, we’ll watch you there at the Winter Cup competition,” said Aomine, shoving his hands into his pockets. He turned to Asterin. “You’re going to come to that place, right, Asterin?” The witch hesitated, but nodded. “And have a great time,” Momoi waved a goodbye hand as she and her friend walked away. Asterin had never felt like being home with friendly people after being abandoned in hell. Kise landed his hand on her shoulder, giving her an assuring smile. “So what do you want to do?” “Let’s see, well, how about the karaoke? I think that’s the first thing I’ve never sang in my life.” Kise narrowed his eyes with an impish grin. “Is that a joke?” “Are you even a good singer?” “I’ve done that many times, you know,” he replied with the tone of smooth caramel. Asterin was taken aback a bit. Her eyes shimmered in sarcasm, annoyance, and smug. Her teeth glimmered in pure white, reflecting her iron tint. She was glad that she didn’t get involved into retracting her sharp iron teeth out to frighten him. She realized that in her mind, she was having fun, mocking him for being a grateful fool. She found herself, enjoying the company with him. Her voice toned with sass. “What do you think, Mr. Model? I bet you love playing character roles.” “Oh man, you’re getting into this,” He scratched his head, smiling meekly. She shrugged. “Never mind.” “Anyway, I know a better karaoke place that I could find.” She sighed, rubbing her temples. “Alright, I think I’m tired of waiting.” JJJJJ It was huge. ‘SHIDAX’ shopping mall was not even just the greatest shopping mall ever in Tokyo. A lot of people here paced in awe, laughter, and smile. Kise told her it was his favorite place to savor the atmosphere. Asterin felt like her heart was laughing in chaos. It was heavy and unintentionally powerful. Being with the popular model there was quite unexpected as the swarming crowds of teenage Japanese girls came by, asking him for autographs and selfies. Kise’s face was full of worry and humorous doom as Asterin found him hilariously wonderful. “Oh my god, Kise! Can I have an autograph for you?” “I LOVE YOU!” “Kise, let me take a selfie with you!” “KISE! KISE!” She was pushed away. Everything about him again and again made Asterin frown in irritation and confusion, and grit her teeth. Her ears were drumming her warm blood in anger, not jealousy. When she glanced at him who looked panicking in doing the favors to his crazy fan girls, she never knew that he was not totally big at this. A pity hit her face. Even though, they perceived him as a very sexy high school boy. But still, she never forgot that she was even much older than him for her eternal magic age. Being impatient in the chaotic situation, Asterin stomped her foot in an extreme strength and violence surprising the girls, careful not to break the white marble floor. Vibrations played their rhythms harshly. The fan girls stopped screaming and turned back to the witch with fear and tons of shivers. They cowered away, leaving Kise impressed and relieved. Even random people around them were surprised, too. “If any of you tries to flirt, overcrowd, or dismember him into pieces crazily, then I swear to you that I’m going to rip out whatever the things you’re got for him in order to win the love,” she planted her fists on her hips and growled fiercely with her eyes burning in gold. “You all are so damn annoying against my ass, especially your stupid girly make-up of yours.” Asterin, slowly, walked towards Kise in the path when the fan girls backed away gently. She smirked. The model looked down at her and smiled, taking her hand. They walked away from the fan girls who gasped and sighed sadly. Some complained about her. Some planned revenge against her aggression. Asterin looked back and snorted as if she didn’t care. She could sense their hatred towards her. She knew she could handle the girl power in herself. Besides, she was totally old enough to punish them. “That was…incredible back there, Asterin,” Kise stammered with an awkward grin. “Thank you for saving my life.” She shrugged, letting his hand. “It’s nothing.” “Where did you learn to stomp like that? Seriously, you look powerfully strong.” “Ummm, well, it’s a long story. Forget about it.” He nodded and chuckled. “Alright, let’s get to the karaoke before any fans of mine will come to tear me apart.” Asterin laughed sarcastically as she cooed. “If you need help, tell me.” JJJJJ Kise’s voice played harmoniously. Asterin sat back, rocking her head left and right to enjoy his singing lyrics. His eyes shut closed, making him flow his passionate emotions to his face as he sang one of Taylor Swifts’ songs. Suddenly, she couldn’t stop feeling what it was like to be always connected with him. Her body shook with butterflies fluttering in her stomach as she felt like his red string pulled her waist towards him. It gave her chills to unable to experience such passion and joy. He finished the song and the witch applauded. “That was amazing, Kise,” Asterin clapped her hands. “So charming.” He bowed with a wide grin. “Thank you.” He took her hand as she walked to him. “Now I want to hear you sing, Asterin.” She blinked. “What? Oh no, I don’t think I’m very good at this.” “I’ve never heard you sing before.” “And I’ve never heard you do your modeling and play basketball before either.” “Eh?” Kise said, and then laughed. “C’mon, I’ll show that to you next time. But the Winter Cup basketball competition is tonight and I promise you a great sports show.” “Especially about competing against Haizaki?” His laugher died out and nodded his head. “Yes.” She lowered her head. “Sorry about mentioning him.” “Never mind. So, get your show started.” JJJJJ Her mind roared in outrage and fiery passion as she kept singing one of Evanescence’s songs, ‘End of the Dream. The melody and rhythm flowed marvelously, following her elegant, beautiful voice. She felt anger in her heart, filling her thoughts about her memories with her fellow Ironteeth witches, Manon, and especially Elide. Including the raging battle against the Fae Queen, her minions, and the Valg demons. The battle was full of pain and losses as she was extremely talented enough to sing. The way she moved her hands gracefully shoved her into imagining her playing the violin with fury in the middle of the fresh green meadow. She felt the wind blew her hair furiously into the flows of fathoming petals. So much power. As the lyrics ended, Asterin heaved a breath and released it slowly, opening her eyes. Her golden braid flung on her shoulder delicately. She looked at Kise, who was surprised with such awe and admiration. He looked speechless with his mouth open. She tilted her head. “What?” “I have to say, that was the most beautiful voice I’ve ever heard in my life,” Kise smiled, applauding. Asterin chuckled and curtsied. “You’re welcome.” Kise checked on his watch and shrugged. “It’s 3.05 p.m. I still have time. Is there anything else that you’d like to do, Asterin?” Suddenly the thought about hunting the Valg remained in her brain. She gulped. She needed to find that piece of goddy before anyone like Kise could get hurt. But the only problem was that she couldn’t even find one in Starbucks. Nothing. Why? How could that happen? How come it wasn’t there and why couldn’t I sense something? Strange… “Asterin, hello?” She snapped into reality. She shook her head, trying to clear the messy beliefs out of her head. “Oh, well, I have some important stuff to do like I told you already.” “Right.” She walked as she grabbed the doorknob and turned back from her shoulder. “Anyway, thanks for the fun.” “You know, I’m coming with you.” She paused and turned to face Kise. His eyes looked very well determined. Her face panicked. “You?” “What’s the matter? Something wrong?” Asterin couldn’t understand why she was starting to feel like wanting to protect him. It was so overrated, but then, she knew it was the right thing to do, instead of…falling in love with him. She couldn’t let him come close to the Valg host. It would put danger in his life, especially his two other friends back there. She tried to back away but her feet wouldn’t listen. So damn stubborn her movements were. Kise looked at her with care and quizzical state. He walked towards her, holding his hand to comfort her. “I’m sorry. I gotta go.” She opened the door as she paced quickly away. “Wait!” He yelled and cursed himself, walking towards the counter to pay. Asterin never looked back as she kept walking out of the karaoke shop and then preserved her energy to keep walking through the crowd. There were too many people to get out. They were pacing quickly without looking back. Until then, a guy grunted in anger as he got bumped into her. Asterin filled up with shock and groaned again as she met the cornrows boy again. JJJJJ “Oh, it’s you again,” she glared out angrily. Haizaki smiled maliciously as he licked his thumb in one slip. “We finally meet again, lady.” Suddenly, his eyes blacked in the depths of the chaotic world and his voice deepened monstrously. “Or should I just call you Asterin?” Her heart froze. How? How was that possible? As she observed him carefully, the blackness in his eyes grew even much more merciless as if it was the obsidian world of death and torture. Its dark veins spread to the end of his cheekbones. It was no damn doubt to realize that this violent teenager had been controlled as a host by the Valg. How could she not notice extremely well? It was impossible and insane. There must be a collar, bracelet, and so on the demonic host. But then, there was entirely nothing on him. Suddenly, there was a glint of light coming from his left ear. A ring shone in blackness. Asterin felt her heart smile in hell as she finally found the earring that the Valg was held for. She walked back gently in stealth. “What do you want?” His smile grew too much as if he was a silly clown. “Oh, c’mon. Do you really think that I’m gonna break it down and rest myself in abyss?” “Stop saying that,” Asterin growled. “You let that body go or else I’m going to tear you up into pieces with my nails.” “Especially this boy’s body as well?” She hesitated with annoyance in her eyes. The Valg cackled in bitter laughter. “I guess that’s a yes, Ironteeth witch.” “I didn’t answer that, you son of a goddy,” Asterin glared a sharp shot. “Now, you get out otherwise, these people around there will get hurt.” “Including your blonde boyfriend?” “He’s not my boyfriend, you idiot.” “I bet he is. I can sense that he has strong feelings burning in his heart, Asterin. He does, actually.” The witch scoffed at the nonsense, though she could feel her heart burn with care. “Who cares? All I’m concerned about is killing your ass out of my way for destroying my clan.” The demon whistled. “Not as gentle as a lady, are you?” Asterin felt silent. The crowds were still rowdy as the Japanese citizens kept their attentions away from two of them. Balling her fists, she gritted her teeth and snarled at Haizaki, who was still manipulated in deep darkness. This demon was the one that massacred her witch clan. Her family, including Manon, Sorrel, and others. Especially her good old friend, Elide Lochan. Her hands began to sweat as they felt the need to grab the weapons. Before she could reach a pair of daggers, a male voice interrupted the moment. The blonde boy panted slowly, trying to pacify his body down. Asterin widened her eyes and groaned. Oh, damn it. “Asterin, where in the world have you been?” Kise asked in confusion as he was shocked to see his rival. JJJJJ “Ah, Ryouta, so glad to see you again,” the real Haizaki said, smiling. “Okay, then what are you doing with her?” Kise glared. “Kise, you’re not supposed to be here,” Asterin hissed angrily. The model blinked his eyes. “What? Why? I just told you that I would help-“ He paused, shaking his head. “Wait, what’s going on here? And Haizaki, why are your eyes so black?” Asterin bit her lips and scowled. “Don’t ask him that.” “Oh yes, he does deserve some answers, right Ryouta?” the Valg said. Kise was taken aback of his grotesque voice and tilted his head, examining his violent rival. The witch could tell that he was trembling in his feet. His face filled with a little sweats coming down his cheeks. She was really vexed to see him join her side. She knew that she couldn’t understand why. Though he was such a cheerful-looking guy who had no problems about his life, he seemed to morph his face into awareness and caution as if this Valg host was entirely dangerous. “Asterin, what happened to him? Could you please explain something that I never knew?” Kise asked, gazing at her with his firm looks. “You’d better run,” she warned. “Your rival is not the one that you used to talk to.” “What do you mean?” “It means he’s got controlled by…a demon.” Kise burst out laughing, thinking it as a cruel joke. This exasperated Asterin more. As he looked at her, he stopped humoring, turning his expression to panic and gulped. The Valg Haizaki chuckled harshly, enjoying the show between them. “What a cute, lovely couple you make.” She hissed furiously at him. “Shut up.” Kise shook his head and pointed his shaky finger to the demonic host. “So…this is the ‘important stuff’ that you were talking about?” She hesitated and nodded. “Yes.” The Valg Haizaki chuckled. “Yeah, that’s what she’s talking about. She’s an Ironteeth witch, you know.” The model slowly turned his head to Asterin. She rolled her eyes, planting her palm to her face. That black demon bastard surely wanted the blonde model be afraid of the children’s worst nightmares. When she took a look at him, she must have thought that he was going to freak out about her true species. However, his eyes sparkled in fascination which Asterin had never seen before. “A witch, you are?” Kise asked. She shrugged, revealing her sharp iron teeth and retracting her long iron nails. She was glad that nobody around paid some attentions to them. “If you say so, then that’s true. Be scared of me if you have to.” She was expecting him to be angry as if she didn’t really care to get dumped out or punished for. Instead of being mad or scared, he smiled wickedly with his eyes sparkled through fun, analyzing her natural, beautiful appearance. “I have to say, Asterin, I’m very curious about you. Really curious.” Asterin widened her eyes. A model or a high school student should have been afraid of folktales about the terrifying, mythical species, even though she found the human fairy tales utterly ridiculous. She raised her eyebrow and smirked. “Well, I guess you have a harmonious agreement with me.” The Valg Haizaki dropped his grin and growled. “So you’re okay with that, eh, Ryouta? I thought I wanted to see you cower with fear in your ass.” The witch scoffed and laughed. “Is that so? I guess my battle with you will begin messily.” Her eyes turned to shot a sharp look at his black earring. Grinning widely, she raised her iron nails slowly and turned to face Kise. “You should walk away and cover your eyes. This is going to get bloody if you, as a high school student are not allowed to see this violet content.” The demon tittered mockingly. “Yeah, right. Bloody.” The blonde model walked towards her, resting his hand on her shoulder. “You know, to tell you the truth, I’ve got some strange skills that you had never seen.” “Don’t-“ “Please, I can help you out. Trust me on this.” She sighed and scoffed. “Fine, I guess you have my words.”


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